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We are pleased to learn that so many Hopkins students have taken advantage of the availability of Gardasil at the Student Health and Wellness center. Gardasil is a vaccine for the human papillomavirus (HPV), one of the most prevalent diseases affecting both men and women all over the world. These students are taking an important step toward protecting their health and the health of their sexual partners. It is also heartening to know that, as of next year, the costly vaccine will be covered by the student health insurance plan.
The University chaplain is an often-overlooked position at Hopkins, but one that is crucial nonetheless. For the past 14 years, Sharon Kugler has been a formidable presence at the Bunting-Meyerhoff Interfaith Center, occupying the chaplaincy with grace, generosity and a great understanding of how to preside over a campus of multiple faiths. Now that Kugler is headed to the chaplaincy at Yale University, we must commend her for a truly admirable tenure at a university that often struggles to emphasize community of any kind. Thanks to Kugler, students of faith have found a welcoming home at the Interfaith Center.
The tragic death of Nancy Forgione, a much-loved art history professor, comes at a time of year when many of us are looking to the end of a semester or to returning home, toward family and reunions. At this difficult time, we offer our condolences to Forgione's family, friends, colleagues and many devoted students. Her loss is a shocking blow to the entire Hopkins campus, reminding us once again, in the worst possible way, the necessity of coming together as a community.
The decision to create separate schools of business and education at Hopkins is a tremendous and positive step for the University. Two significant holes in the institution will soon be plugged and there is little doubt that, in due time, both programs will emerge as leaders in their respective fields. Our thanks go out to William Polk Carey, whose donation has made this addition possible.
The News-Letter would like to congratulate Provost Steven Knapp on becoming the next president of the George Washington University.
The closure of the Caroline Street Clinic in East Baltimore is not just disappointing for the neighborhood it has served for the past two years, but it also signals an irony of the bitterest sort for an institution that has built its reputation on excellence in medicine. Hopkins may have world-class facilities in the hospital and some of the best health care professionals around for the most difficult-to-treat ailments, but when it comes to providing basic care to the neediest in its own backyard, the institution has failed to live up to its billing.
For the most part, furor regarding the Sigma Chi Halloween party has abated over the last week. But during that time, calls for reform have been continued throughout the University. Some want educational programs and sensitivity training, others restrictions on speech or severe punishment. None of these, however, are likely to produce a more welcoming community. Increasing the number of minority faculty is an admirable goal, but it is the solution to another problem -- not the one revealed on Halloween. This is a student predicament and will not be solved with directives from Garland Hall.
Higher learning institutions are accused of liberal bias about as often as the media, and just as erroneously. Sure, many professors have viewpoints that fall left-of-center, but the notion of vehement, ideological professors proselytizing their students with leftist ideas in the classroom is simply false.
Thank you Sigma Chi for creating this mess. By now, nary a Hopkins student is unaware of the events of Oct. 28, events that have quickly spiraled into scandal. On that day, the brothers of Sigma Chi hosted a party dubbed "Halloween in the Hood," and emotions have since been running high. The incident has received significant attention in the local media and even cracked the headlines on the Yahoo and CNN Web sites. So who is at fault, and where do we go from here?